Series in Microelectronics

edited by        Wolfgang Fichtner
                        Qiuting Huang
                        Heinz Jäckel
                        Gerhard Tröster
                        Bernd Witzigmann

Vol. 188

Marc Simon Wegmüller,
Intra-Body Communication for Biomedical Sensor Networks.
2007, 180 pages. € 64,00. ISBN 3-86628-162-5


The topic of this dissertation is the investigation and development of a novel intra-body communication technology using the human body as transmission medium for data communication. The human body is characterized as a transmission medium for electrical currents by means of the dielectric properties and the developed electrical models of human tissue. Numerical finite-element simulations are compared to in vivo measurements. The limits of the novel data communication are explored and implementations for on-body and implanted applications are presented. Data transfers of up to 64 kbit/s with BPSK modulation have been achieved through thehuman body.

About the Author:
Marc Simon Wegmüller was born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1977. He received the Diploma degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, in 2002. After working in the field of vital monitoring systems and ASIC integration at Miromico AG, he joined the Integrated Systems Laboratory (IIS) as a research and teaching assistant in 2003. During his doctoral studies he was in collaboration with the Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society (IT'IS), Zurich. His research interests include the design of VLSI circuits & systems and digital signal processing for medical communications.


Keywords: Intra-body communication (IBC), biomedical sensor network, galvanic coupling, body channel model, FE simulation, in-vivo, impedance measurement, clinical trial, ICW-ECW-TBW distribution, SPIHT

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